MEMPHIS, TN— Students, staff, parents, and alumni rallied to save Bishop Byrne High School Friday night. The Memphis Catholic Diocese announced last week, the Whitehaven school was closing, citing low enrollment. More than 100 students, teachers, and staff rallied outside the high school to let everyone know how important Bishop Byrne is to the community.
"My friends are here. The faculty is great they actually care about the students here,” said Bishop Byrne Junior Donovan Yates.
"We really want to save our school,” said another high school junior Bryan Redmond. “All of us are a tight knit family and the things that we do here help us progress in life, this is our home."
Last week, parents protested to keep the doors open. Now it's the students' turn. Bishop Byrne has been in the Whitehaven community for nearly 50 years.
"The most confusing thing about the diocese is that they called us a merger. But our kids are not guaranteed any placement of any of the catholic schools,” said the school’s English Department Chair Claire Hussain.
The Red Knights wore their school colors proudly and prayed during the protest. They prayed at their last homecoming game too all in hopes of changing the diocese's decision to close the school.
“It's a real shame that they haven't taken care of us at all. They haven't said where we're all going, they haven't even attempted to provide for us and that's really uncatholic,” said Hussain.
Their mission: keep producing more bright Red Knights for another 50 years and beyond.
"Mission over money! Mission over money,” chanted the students.
Students and staff say they will have more protests and write letters to the dioceses until their voices are heard.